Visakhapatnam, Vizag, Waltair, whatever name you give this city, it’s spirit still stays the same. The City of Destiny leaves you awestruck and you’ll be left asking for more. Miles of glistening sand on the coast, the snake-like hills throughout the city and the historical monuments and locations, will touch your soul. Some of the tourist attractions in Vizag are –
It’s a park on a hill! Over 500ft in height, the mammoth -like Kailasagiri hill is one of the most visited tourist spots in Vizag. Going to the top of the hill isn’t much of a problem. Tourists can either take a leisurely ride on their vehicles or public transport or opt for the highly demanded cable car ride. Both offer a picturesque view of the city and the beach. However, what awaits the tourists atop the hill is much more stunning. A huge park for kids and adults, train ride around the hill, giant statue of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati and beautiful viewpoints are just some of the amazing tourist attractions at Kailasagiri.
Whether it is the Yarada beach or Bheemli beach or the Rushikonda beach, each offers a refreshing experience to the tourists. The gorgeous blue sea and yellow sand attract kids and adults alike. Also, The Beach Road offers a long scenic ride of along the coast. Most of these beaches come with floral parks and playgrounds. Throughout the year fests, exhibitions, circuses and so on attract a large crowd.
This is a naval museum at the heart of the city. The submarine displayed here was actually used in the Indo-Pakistan War in 1971, where it played a key role. After being decommissioned, it was converted into a museum. Inside the submarine, we can explore the various mechanisms, weapons and the lifestyle of the naval officers living inside it for months on end.
INDIRA GANDHI ZOOLOGICAL PARK
It is the largest zoological park in Andhra Pradesh and third largest in the country. Among the common animals like elephant, lion, crocodile, we also get to see some exotic creatures like budgerigar, mandrill, ring-tailed lemur, puma and many more.
Various religious cultures are deeply rooted in Vizag. Varaha Lakshmi Narasimha temple at Simhachalam is one of the most visited Hindu temples in Andhra Pradesh. Thotlakonda is an ancient Buddhist monument near Vizag. Ross Hill, which has a Hindu Temple, a Muslim Mosque and a Christian Church all at one place, shows the religious unity of Vizagites.